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VAP Test Demonstrates Value of Fish Oil in Reducing Heart Risk for Super Bowl Champs
Date:2/19/2009

g for treatment and lifestyle changes that can decrease the risk of a heart attack or stroke.

"We are now entering a new era of cardiac risk assessment," the study stated. "Newer specialized blood tests can fractionate blood lipids into many component molecules in order to better assess which lipid subfraction may possess a greater risk for causing disease."

The VAP Test, which is covered by most insurance providers and Medicare, provides physicians with direct measurement of LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL and all relevant cholesterol subclasses. These important but often overlooked subclasses include non-HDL, particle number as determined by accurate apoB, and emerging risk factors such as Lp(a), low-density lipoprotein remnants and small dense LDL.

Team Neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers for the past 25 years and study co-author, Dr. Joseph Maroon, said the VAP Test identifies cardiovascular risks that a routine cholesterol test cannot. By using a subfraction cholesterol test (VAP test), therapeutic interventions can now be directed to specific and more potentially dangerous forms of cholesterol than the traditional total or "bad" cholesterols that have been targeted in the past, said Maroon, who also serves as vice chairman of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

A number of factors can put athletes at increased risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obesity, which may also lead to metabolic syndrome, a precursor to diabetes--all which point to heart disease.

"The professional football player statistically is at increased risk for future cardiovascular disease and sudden heart attack," Atherotech's Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Ehrlich said. "This study thoroughly demonstrates that fish oil improved good cholesterol and lowered damaging particles and triglycerides."

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